Mark Jasin, executive vice president and general manager at JVCKENWOOD USA, talks about the company’s push-to-talk-over-cellular (PoC) efforts and highlights some PoC use cases during this conversation with IWCE’s Urgent Communications Editor Donny Jackson at IWCE 2018 in Orlando.
Mark Behrends, senior manager at Icom America, explains the capabilities of the IP501H, the company’s new LTE radio lets Icom America provide a unique mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) offering that leverages the AT&T wireless network for access.
Virtualnetcom CEO Mohan Tammisetti and Gary Monetti describe the capabilities of the Rapid Autonomous Instant Deployable (RAID), a hardened communications backpack that transmits signals at 4 watts of power and includes an LTE eNodeB, an LTE evolved packet core (EPC) and IMS support for multimedia applications that enables a first responder to communicate, even when there is no connection to a terrestrial LTE network.
Florida-based Ubicquia this week announced that it has added the Ubimetro small-cell product to its portfolio of versatile streetlight-based broadband-routing solutions and that it has become a new member of the AT&T Smart Cities Strategic Alliance.
In-building coverage for FirstNet is important for public safety, but consensus policies still need to be developed and considerable education is needed to make in-building coverage for first responders subscribing to the nationwide FirstNet system a reality, according to speakers on a panel exploring the topic.
FirstNet changes terms in its draft spectrum management lease agreement (SMLA) in a manner that potentially reduce “opt-out” states’ financial liabilities significantly in the case of a failure in alternative radio access network (RAN) performance or public-safety adoption of the alternative FirstNet service.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu last week decided the state should pursue the “opt-out” alternative to FirstNet, but the New Hampshire Executive Council must approve a contract with Rivada Networks to build and operate an alternative radio access network (RAN) for the state to continue pursuit of “opt-opt” status.
FirstNet public-safety subscribers in the “primary” user category—law enforcement, fire, EMS, 911 and emergency-management personnel—now have preemptive access across AT&T’s network, FirstNet and AT&T announced today.
Ken Rehbehn, founder and principal analyst for CritComm Insights, highlights some of the technical, financial and policy challenges associated with efforts to provide in-building coverage to first responders utilizing private LMR systems and public-safety LTE networks like FirstNet.